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Olton Golf Club, Solihull, West Midlands. (1893 - 1903)

Founded in November 1893 by James Power Heaton.

The course was situated on farmland on St Bernard’s Road, Olton. Originally a 9-hole course it was extended to 18-holes in 1901. The club moved to its current location in 1903.

Unhappy local writes to the local paper in February 1894.

 

Olton Golf Club, Solihull. Local resident sends a letter to the local paper in 1894.

Birmingham Daily Post Friday 9th February 1894. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

Below is the result of a club match played against Handsworth at Olton in December 1897. Handsworth were not at full strength and suffered a heavy defeat. 

Olton Golf Club   Handsworth Golf Club  
W M Cox 3 A Bragg 0
C Hoskins 6 W Hogben 0
A Strynor 7 G H Pearson 0
H Strynor 1 R M Hills 0
H Huggins 0 Rev J R Worthington 0
J E Hill 10 W Best 0
  27   0

In September 1901 The Midland Professional Tournament was held at Olton. The weather was ideal and the course was in perfect condition, the greens playing excellently. Thirty five professionals took part and the following were the leading scores; J Sherlock (Oxford) 74+72, 146; H Cawsey (Malvern) 76+71, 147; J Kinnell (Norwich) 73+74, 147; W Lewis (King’s Norton) 77+72, 149; A Lewis (Burton) 78+73, 151; F Wingate (Harborne) 77+75, 152; T Williamson (Notts) 76+76, 152; G H Cawsey (Malvern) 77+76, 153; C L Wingate (Olton) 74+80, 154; R Munro (Chislehurst) 77+77, 154.

The former course on St Bernard's Road, (now occupied by the Robin Hood Golf Club) can be seen on the map below. The other course, to the east, is the former Robin Hood course.

 

Olton Golf Club, Solihull. The former course can be seen on the 1905 O.S. map below.

Ordnance Survey Map © Crown Copyright {1905}

 

Robin Hood Golf Club eventually moved to the St Bernard’s Road site at the time of WW1 (see Robin Hood listing.)